French Revolution: Part 2

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  • Women's March on Versailles
  • Declaration of the Rights of Man
  • Reign of Terror
  • 5th October 1789 the Women's March on Versailles. On this day in 1789, an angry mob of nearly 7,000 working women - armed with pitchforks, pikes and muskets - marched in the rain from Paris to Versailles in what was to be a pivotal event in the intensifying French Revolution.
  • Execution of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette
  • The last article of the Declartion of the Rights of Man and the Citizan was adopted on 27 August 1789 by the National Constituent Assembly, during the period of the French Revolution, as the first step toward writing a constitution for France.
  • Rise of Napoleon
  • The Reign of Terror (5 September 1793 - 28 July 1794), also known as The Terror (French: la Terreur), was a period of violence that occurred after the onset of the French Revolution, incited by conflict between two rival political factions, the Girondins and Jacobins, and marked by mass executions of "enemies of the revolution".
  • Fall of Napoleon
  • One day after being convicted of conspiracy with foreign powers and sentenced to death by the French National Convention, King Louis XVI is executed by Guillotion in the Place de la Revolution in Paris.
  • In 1799, after the French Revolution had quieted into the Thermidorean Reaction, a brilliant general named Napoleon Bonaparte overthrew the Diretory and came into power as leader of the Consulate, beginning in 1799. By 1804, Naploleon was so powerful that he declared himself Emperor.
  • By 1808, Napoleon was so dominant in France and in Europe that no one prophesized about his downfall. Howeer between 1808- 1815, there was resistance against Napoleon that made his downfall inevitable. The factors that led to the downfall of Napoleon were both internal and external, long term and immediate, his own making and circumstances beyond his control.
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